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Welcome to the September 2021 edition of ADM: Katherine Ziesing’s final edition as Managing Editor. The team at ADM Group and the whole of Yaffa Media would like to thank Katherine for her remarkable contributions over the years and wish her all the best for the future.

As Kath herself put it, the ship will sail under new leadership from the October 2021 edition onwards. Tracy Yaffa, the Managing Director of Yaffa Media, is the Publisher of ADM Group; I am ADM Group Editor, responsible for our editorial strategy across all channels; and Nigel Pittaway is the Editor of Australian Defence Magazine, responsible for everything you find in these pages from October onwards.

As our Senior Correspondent Julian Kerr notes in his piece this month, the environment for specialised defence journalism in this country has become difficult following a clampdown on the Department’s engagement with media. Nonetheless, ADM Group will continue our long history of providing detailed reporting and high-quality analysis of Australian defence capability – a job that is perhaps more important now than ever.

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